The Effects of Massage

The effects of massage on nerves and soft tissues Depending on the type of massage, a therapist may work on your muscles, joints, nerves, and/or layers of connective tissue deep below your skin. A few examples of massage techniques include deep tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, and neuromuscular therapy.

A massage can cause the following changes to occur in your body, easing the sciatica pain:

  • Loosen and relax muscles. When your trunk, core, and lower back muscles are tight, they can apply pressure on the sciatic nerve root(s) in your lower back. Tight muscles may also get knotted up into small painful nodules, causing trigger point pain. Massage therapy can effectively stretch, loosen, and elongate these muscles, improving pain and function in your lower back and legs.
  • Facilitate the circulation of healing nutrients. Hands-on soft tissue manipulation from massage stimulates the blood vessels in your skin and deeper tissues. There is enhanced circulation of blood, oxygen, and other nutrients to the sore areas, promoting healing.
  • Release endorphins. Massage stimulates specific pressure receptors in your brain, which are special nerve fibers. Stimulation of these pressure receptors helps reduce pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormone.
  • Reduce stress. Stimulation of the pressure receptors also helps reduce the levels of cortisol in your body—the hormone that causes stress. Reduced stress helps provide a feeling of relaxation and relief, with a lesser perception of pain.

Therapists may use aromatic or essential oils during massages for potential therapeutic benefits and to induce relaxation. Inform your therapist if you have scent sensitivities. Massages, typically safe when done by professionals, may rarely cause increased pain, soreness, stiffness, or nerve and blood vessel damage due to excessive pressure.

Finding the right massage therapist

Therapeutic massages are typically given by qualified, trained professionals, such as massage therapists, physical therapists, sports medicine professionals, occupational therapists, and other qualified health practitioners. You can enjoy a relaxation massage at a spa or a massage center, or even an individual qualified massage therapist who’s working from home. Massages can also be self-administered, but the intensity and benefits of it are diminished.

Identify your goals help you identify the right type of massage technique and therapist for your sciatica pain:

  • Identify your goals. Figure out what you want to accomplish before you start your search for a massage therapist. For example, if you want to relieve lower back tension, look for someone who is trained in specific muscle-relaxation techniques, such as neuromuscular therapy. If your goal is simply to raise your endorphin levels, you can head to find the perfect massage therapist on our very well-complex massage therapists list for a basic Swedish (deep tissue) massage.

1 Comment

  • Nenjacy

    1 month ago / April 24, 2024 @ 5:11 am

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you.

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